Leather Boots...IN THE SNOW?
April 23, 2012 2:26 PM Subscribe
Have you used high quality leather work boots (Danner / Hathorn / Wesco) in the snow? With proper care do you find that these boots are adequate for occasional use in snow?
I am an avid outdoorsperson looking to get a new pair of boots, the caveat being that they need to be waterproof because I tend to snowshoe in the winter so I can get my hike on all year. I am looking to purchase a top-quality leather / welted sole logger style boot, something similar to this
. I need a welted sole because I usually have the sole replaced with a less aggressive sole so the boot is a bit more low-profile. I like that boots with welted soles tend to be "modable." Not to mention the fact that replaceable soles won't come unglued and...well...can be replaced. I have a pair of Alden 405 boots I have worn since 1999 that I have "waterproofed" using a yearly or bi-yearly application of Pecards
leather dressing. They have withstood being out in the occasional rainstorm...but have never seen snow and do not have a gore tex liner ( I don't regularly use them for hiking ).
So my question goes out to those who have used Danner / Wesco / Hathorn (maybe even Redwing etc...) gore tex lined boots in the snow. Assuming proper care and reconditioning...do they hold up well? I have seen Hathorns with bad water damage as the owner didn't take proper care of them...the leather got stiff and the boot curled. In my case they will only see snow a handful of times per season as I live in SoCal and race up to the mountains whenever it snows...but when I do use them they will literally be strapped into snowshoes all day. Otherwise they will be used on trail in non-winter conditions throughout the rest of the year. If the consensus is that they simply aren't worth the trouble then I will likely go with a more modern glue-soled made-in-china synthetic boot...but I'd like to avoid that if possible...